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How can exercise help with knee and hip osteoarthritis?

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Exercise helps your joints work better. Keep limber and start with stretching. Try a "low-impact" workout like swimming or cycling. It will make your joints stronger and increase their range of motion. A physical therapist can show you exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your knees or hips. That will help reduce the stress on your joints during everyday activities, too.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip," "Arthritis of the Knee."

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, Rush University Medical Center.

Arthritis Foundation: "Who Gets Osteoarthritis?" "Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip," "Arthritis of the Knee."

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, Rush University Medical Center.

Arthritis Foundation: "Who Gets Osteoarthritis?" "Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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